ShameJoy (English for schadenfreude) is a collection of smart, darkly comic short stories about pop psychology, pop music, politics and Germans.
ShameJoy's motley crew of characters include O'Gradient, who wants to lose one of her legs; Maus, who ends the Cold War; and Caramel, whose dead uncle starts an horrific war between New Zealand and Australia.
"Much New Zealand literary fiction is humorous. Precious little of it is funny. Hill breaks that mould with conspicuous success."--Paul Little, North and South
Julie Hill is a playwright, journalist, screenwriter and Germanophile, whose plays include 'Stories Told To Me By Girls' and 'Whistle Solo', and whose documentary 'Broke But Sexy' has screened around New Zealand and on Maori TV. She also makes documentaries about music for Radio New Zealand.